The Phelps County Commissioners are looking for at-large members from Phelps County -- a representative from Working Families, and a Special Interest board member for the Meramec Community Enhancement Corporation.

The memorandum to the Meramec Region County Commissions from Phelps County District 2 Commissioner and Meramec Community Enhancement Corporation (MCEC) Chairman Gary Hicks was signed addressing the need for additional representation from Phelps County on the MCEC Board.

Membership requirements include representation from elected officials, working families and at-large special interest groups such as banking, social services, child care, developers, education, community development and business.

Working families are those who would benefit from the programs offered by MCEC, which provides them the opportunity to be involved in the decision-making process of the formation and implementation of those programs.

The MCEC Board Status Report shows Phelps County has no current representatives on the board for working families and at-large special interest groups.

In addition, if the elected official designee from each county would like to add an alternate representative, the memorandum reads that is acceptable to ensure that each respective county is represented at every meeting.

The board will meet again in December at the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) where potential board members may attend per invitation.

The MCEC was formed as a not-for-profit organization related to MRPC on March 1, 1997. The corporation obtained 501(c)3 status in Sept. 1987.

MCEC was shaped at a time when more and more grant opportunities required a 501(c)3 applicant. Section 501(c)3 is the portion of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code that allows for federal tax exemption of nonprofit organizations.

The mission of the MCEC is to serve as a related organization to the MRPC by providing services that increase the social, economic, educational and health-related and recreational opportunities of the residents of the region. Specifically in the areas of housing, transit and child care.

The board members meet quarterly, and the role of board members includes: setting policy and direction, identifying needs regionally and locally and serving as a resource for information on participant’s particular area of expertise and community.